SO, with that in mind, I want to start off our new Moms on the Move feature with fellow freelance-writer-buddy, and writing dynamo Kathleen Krueger. I wanted Kathleen to share a little about her life, her thriving writing business, and what it’s like to write for living.
I am getting close to reaching my two-year anniversary of self-employment and I am still loving every minute of it! I love the fact that I get to communicate people’s stories for them. This is especially true in my magazine articles, but I feel the same way about writing the website content for a business or their blog articles. Business owners are passionate about their businesses. I get to hear their stories and then paint their passion into words that communicate it in a way that will capture the attention of their customers. I’ve learned so much and been introduced to so many great people around the country and across the globe through what I do. It’s really amazing! When I write an article and the person who is the subject of the article writes back and says: I love it! Those words mean more to me than anything an editor could ever say.
I’ve also enjoyed the flexibility to work from almost anywhere. My husband retired in November of 2012 and I’ve been able to take some trips with him without ‘missing work.’ Have Mac, will travel!
Becky asked me what’s the #1 piece of advice I would to give to anyone considering starting a business. I would say its don’t underestimate the time commitment involved. Starting and operating a business, even when you’re the only employee, requires a lot of time. You have to bring in the clients, get the work done, take care of the bookwork, get more clients, and keep them all happy.
And there will always be struggles. Mine is trying to juggle telephone appointments across multiple time zones and make sure that I connected with the right people at the right time. (A couple of times my wires got crossed. Whoops!) At times I’ve been working with people in London, East Coast, Mountain Time, Pacific and Central Time, all in the same week or even the same day.
But overall 2012 was an amazing year for me. I plan to have a new website designed that has a more professional look to it and incorporates my blog into the site and clearly lists my services. I also intend to spend more time pursuing new magazine writing opportunities.
I mentioned family earlier and YES, I have a wonderful one. I have been married 37 years to my husband Steve who is retired from Crow Wing County Highway Dept. I have two daughters who are my very best friends, two great son-in-laws and seven grandchildren, ranging in age from 5 to 17 and one more on the way.
Becky also asked me that, if I could “shine the spotlight” on another woman in business, who would it be?
My life is a great life and a busy one!
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